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Maharashtra: Palghar On Alert Against Spread Of Congo Fever

Maharashtra: Palghar district admin issues alert over possible spread of Congo fever through animals


The Palghar district administration on Tuesday has asked the authorities to remain alert against a possible spread of the Congo fever. The Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), commonly known as the Congo fever, spreads in humans through ticks on animals. It is a matter of concern for cattle- breeders, meat-sellers and animal husbandry officials,

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As reported by sources to PTI, The district administration said it is necessary to take precautions as there is no specific treatment for it. The reason behind the alert is that a few cases of CCHF have been found in some districts of Gujarat. It is likely to spread to border districts of Maharashtra. Palghar is close to Gujarat’s Valsad district. The department has therefore instructed authorities to take all necessary precautions.

Here is all you need to know about Congo Fever:

1. Congo Fever is transmitted from one animal to another by a tick-borne virus (Nairovirus) of the Bunyaviridae family.

2. The disease is transmitted to humans through contact with the blood of infected animals and by eating the meat of infected animals.

3. The virus causes severe viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks.

4. The disease has a case fatality rate of 10 to 40 percent, as per the World Health Organisation (WHO).

5. There is no vaccine available for either people or animals against the disease.

6. Human-to-human transmission can occur resulting from close contact with the blood, secretions, organs, or other bodily fluids of infected persons.

7. Hospital-acquired infections can also occur due to improper sterilization of medical equipment, reuse of needles, and contamination of medical supplies, according to the WHO.

Also Read: Coronavirus Update: India Crosses 6 Million Mark Of Infected Cases On Sunday

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